Gaming giant EA announced yesterday that all users who enable Login Verification (EA’s internal name for two-factor authentication) for their accounts would get free access to Origin Access for a month.
Here are EA’s conditions:
- Current Origin Access Basic members – if they turn on 2FA, they won’t be charged next month, which is November 2019.
- Current Origin Access Premier members – same offer, but they’ll get access to a free month of Premier access instead, also in November 2019.
- Current Origin Access Basic/Premier members – if they have 2FA already enabled, they will get a free month as well.
The offer ends October 31, 2019, EA said. Users who want to participate will have to have installed the company’s Origin client on their computers.
EA is to be commended for encouraging the use of MFA to access its services. Whilst MFA adds some friction to accessing services it is simply the best way to protect access to services. Phishing attacks and wider hacks of large numbers of usernames and passwords, which individuals may reuse across mulitple accounts, means that MFA is the best way to protect accounts.